LIM Prewriting Workshop

© Brigitte Bouillot / LIM

© Brigitte Bouillot / LIM

© Brigitte Bouillot / LIM

© Brigitte Bouillot / LIM


8 writer-directors, screenwriters, creative producers with ideas for a fiction film (very early stage projects only)

Date and venue
Sunday, 25 August (at 4.30pm) until Friday, 30 August 2024 (approx. at 4.30pm)
Registration/Application deadline
30 June 2024
Application documents see text 
CHF 750 (including accomodation for 5 days in Bern)
FOCAL in collaboration with Le Groupe Ouest

LIM Less is More is one of Europe’s leading writer and project development programmes. For the fourth year, FOCAL is offering the chance for up to 8 Swiss screenwriters and filmmakers to take part in an intensive five-day screenwriting workshop in Switzerland. Two international tutors from LIM/Le Groupe Ouest will create a safe space and an inspiring environment. They invite the participants to tackle their ideas and strengthen them through theoretical and practical exercises.

The Workshop aims at helping writers turn creative limitations into opportunities for innovation in script development. LIM helps writers to dig deeper into emotion, structure and the power of the script’s story at an early stage, before entering the often long development stage and even before starting the writing process. The more can be explored and determined prior to the writing process, the more powerful a first draft will be. 

The participants are also given tools and methods to release their creative energy, interact playfully with their intellectual material, and generate various story ideas. The participants are supported while testing their story plot to determine if they are worth being developed in a feature-length film

The workshop emphasises exchange and feedback. It is not suitable for screenwriters who are working on a screenplay at an advanced stage.

Application documents (in English!)
-    a one page-description of a project at an early stage or idea phase
-    a 3 to 5-minutes video explaining why you want to attend and what your expectations are
-    a short CV and links to previous works (1 page)

Please note: LIM’s program and methodology has been developed mainly for fiction projects. Authors from documentaries are welcome if they want to work on fiction projects.

More information about LIM Less is More

"This workshop helped me to deal with my film idea playfully - in the truest sense of the word. I got to know a very free and lightfooted approach to generating ideas. The workshop is intense but worth it."
Jela Hasler, Filmmaker (Participant 2021)


Tutors to be confirmed and announced mid-May.

> People interested in participation will have the opportunity to meet the tutors online in June prior to the submission deadline. The dates of this online presentation will be announced mid-Mai. 

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